Now that a very tough Stage 8 is over, rookie Oriol
Mena of Hero MotoSports came in a respectable 14th. He now has an
overall standing of 18 after 8 stages. Across the cam, at TVS Sherco Rally
Factory, their sole rider Juan Pedrero Garcia came in 30th, though
overall he stands at position 20. The rider from India representing Hero
MotoSports, CS Santosh came in a steady 38, improving his overall standing to
Stage 8 Results for Bikes
RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM
MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM
HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY
JUAN PEDRERO GARCIA
SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY
SANTOSH CHUNCHUNGUPPE SHIVASHANKAR
Overall Stage 8 Results for Bikes
ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN
YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL
Stage 8 Results for Quads
TAGUATUR RACING TEAM
Overall results after stage 8 for Quads
JEREMIAS GONZALEZ FERIOLI
CONSULTORES DE EMPRESAS
TEAM AL DESERT
Results for Cars
JEAN PAUL COTTRET
TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA
Overall results after stage 8
Stage 8 Results for Trucks
KAMAZ - MASTER
RICARDO ADRIAN TORLASCHI
ADRIAN ARTURO YACOPINI
YPF INFINIA DIESEL TEAM DE
Overall results after stage 8 for Trucks
ADRIAN ARTURO YACOPINI
BIG SHOCK RACING
Having spent a night at Uyuni
without assistance, the competitors started the leg 2 of the Marathon stage
from Uyuni to Tupiza in the morning of January 14th for the longest
stage of the Dakar Rally. The riders had to make a total run of 498 km in the
special stage followed by an 87 km liaison section. This stage offered the
challenge of tough high altitude riding in the mountain sand dunes at 3500 m
above sea level.
At 500 km, the longest special
of the 2018 Dakar was also one of the hardest. Rain on the Bolivian Plateau and
sections at altitudes exceeding 4,800 metres made the challenge even more
daunting. The competitors had to contend with their own fatigue as well as the
wear and tear of their vehicles after the rules of the marathon stage left them
without assistance service the night before. Just like last Thursday, the rest
of the field was unable to match the pace of the KTM rider on the road to
Tupiza. Ricky Brabec fought hard, but he ended up conceding well over a minute.
Meanwhile, Adrien Van Beveren held on to his overall lead by just 22 seconds
over an aggressive Kevin Benavides.
In the car category, Stéphane
Peterhansel bounced back from the previous day’s nightmare with a narrow win
after a nail-biting duel with his teammate Cyril Despres, 49 seconds back.
Neither Peugeot's double nor Nasser Al-Attiyah taking his Toyota to third place
managed to unsettle overall leader Carlos Sainz.
Stéphane Peterhansel, a living
legend of the Dakar with 13 titles in the car and motorcycle categories,
claimed his second stage win in 2018, bringing his account to a nice, round 40.
"Mister Dakar" is only second to the great Ari Vatanen, who won no
fewer than 50 stages. And, of course, only a fool would completely rule out the
possibility of a 14th title…
Ignacio Casale also maintained
his iron grip on the quad category, but the Chilean surrendered stage 8 to Simon
Vitse, who claimed his first Dakar win 24 hours after fellow Frenchman Axel
Laia Sanz posted her best
Dakar performance in a long time by finishing ninth in Tupiza. Tricky weather
conditions during the 500 km stage only made her ride more epic. 2015 was the
last time the Spanish biker cracked the top 10 of a special. She went on to
finish the rally in ninth place overall.
A crushing blow
Xavier de Soultrait seems to
be jinxed at the Dakar. After showing loads of promise in his first two
participations, a broken engine sent the Frenchman home three days before the
end of the 2016 rally, with another mechanical knocking him out of the race
last year. This time around, the Yamaha rider made a costly mistake at km 171.
De Soultrait, sixth overall this morning, was forced to withdraw with a double
elbow fracture and a sprained knee.
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